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as sinners -- not as wise men. It takes some wisdom to understand that Christ suffered and died for our sins, but even that wisdom comes from the Author and Finisher of our faith.
So what should be our motivation in coming to God for wisdom? Why shouldn't we come to our vast intelligence, or our superior intellect, or maybe our library full of books written by people of wisdom? Perhaps for one simple reason -- God says that if we lack wisdom, we should ask Him because He will give us wisdom. There is no other place I know of that will guarantee such a gift. After all, we ask Him for grace, for salvation, for guidance. Would He refuse us wisdom, when He has promised to give it?
Are you depressed, confused, or overcome with the difficulties of life? You are not alone. You can try to figure it out yourself, or you can ask for wisdom from the giver of life. James would heartily recommend it.
~ Pastor Barry A. Farnsworth, Victory Baptist Church, Kingfisher, OK - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
I have had the honor of being a part of Fundamental Baptist Churches my whole life. As a matter of fact, I began attending nine months before I was born! There are some things I have found in exceptional churches that I would like to highly recommend to anyone searching for a church or trying to find a church for a friend.
1. Separation. Loving Jesus and His Word supremely takes us to a place where we choose Him over our own fleshly tendencies and we choose Him over the friends and fickle lifestyles of this world. No two people agree on everything and no one is sinless and perfect, but God's Word leads us all
Read: James 1:2-6
to live separated from this world unto Jesus Christ! A church needs a pastor, pastor's wife, and family setting a good example in separation.
2. Soul Winning. Loving souls and going all over the community to give the Gospel to people is the heartbeat of our Savior, and those churches that have regular times for the congregation to go soul winning are churches with that same heartbeat. Calling ourselves a soul winning church and not having a consistent time for the church members to meet together to go soul winning is like calling ourselves a church and not having a consistent time each week for the church members to meet together for services! A church needs a pastor, a pastor's wife, and family setting a good example in soul winning.
3. Spirit. Loving one another, caring for one another and forgiving one another is the spirit of a truly blessed congregation. A church needs a pastor, pastor's wife, and family setting a good example in spirit.
~ Pastor Dale Schwarz, Harbour Light Baptist Church, Orange, CT - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
And our current cultural bent toward total individual liberty is really anarchy in disguise, since it was God who instituted government (Genesis 9:6).
We should also remember that only Jesus Christ is the perfect ruler. Requiring absolute perfection, absolute knowledge, and absolute wisdom of our leaders is absolutely insane. "All have sinned," remember? All human government is flawed and will fail because it is implemented by imperfect men living in a fallen world, which is occupied by a destructive Satan and under the curse of God.
The desire for a Godly country is great -- until the country gets standing equal with God. Those in government should be honored, but human government is not God, and certainly government leaders are not God. So keep a little perspective: only God is God, and He alone is worthy of worship!
~ Dr. Ray T. Love, Pastor, Tri-State Baptist Church, Charles Town, WV - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Wisdom is supposedly valued in our society, but you wouldn't know it by the way we act. James tells us that if we lack wisdom, there is a solution. I suppose the first thing that is necessary, then, is that we admit that we need wisdom. Scripture tells us that there will be trials, temptation, disappointments, and difficulties in life. In order to handle these things, we need wisdom.
The natural heart rebels at the simplicity of God. We always try to a make things more difficult than they are. James suggests that we might simply ask the Author of wisdom when we have need of some. When we come to God, we come come
Read: I Peter 1:14-25
"Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence" (John 18:36).
Preachers would be president, and presidents would be preachers. We sometimes want our presidents to be saintly -- except when they are dealing with other countries (or the opposing party), when we prefer them to be Machiavellian in the worse sense of the term. What is a Christian to do?
We know that we should pray for those in authority (I Timothy 2:1-2) and obey that authority, until it demands that we disobey God (Romans 13; Acts 4:18-20).
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